Chris Martins

writer

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  • Girls Christopher Owens Chairman Mao Zedong Hipster Communism

    Girls' Christopher Owens Calls Communist Leader Mao Zedong a 'Hipster'

    In Mike Powell's SPIN review of Lysandre, the solo debut of Christopher Owens, he identifies the former Girls singer as "a proud reader of books." Indeed, the San Francisco-based artist often uses his Twitter feed to share tidbits from his literary pursuits, and from December 19 to December 27, the guy's feed was overrun with factoids from an unspecified book on Chairman Mao Zedong. In a fresh interview with Purevolume — in which he also discusses his new "romantic outlook" — Owens explains his obsession with the revolutionary Chinese communist. "I was just kind of surprised how interesting [Mao] was when he was younger. I liked him all of a sudden," he says. "He really is just a bit of a hipster. He just wanted to hang around with other guys who were smart. There was a lot of revolution going on around him, so it wasn’t exactly a novel concept.

  • Tegan and Sara I Was A Fool Stream Heartthrob

    Hear Tegan and Sara's Kate Bush-Style Ballad 'I Was a Fool'

    With the January 29 release of Tegan and Sara's seventh album, Heartthrob, fast approaching, the Quin sisters are dropping aural gifts left and right. Last week we heard their pepped-up take on the Rolling Stones' 1976 ballad "Fool to Cry," which was recorded exclusively for the soundtrack for HBO's Girls, and now we have a similarly themed original, "I Was a Fool."Glamour debuted the piano-powered song, which finds Tegan recalling the end of a relationship and taking pride in the fact that she did her best to see it through.

  • Willow Jaden Smith Kite PBR&B Emo Lost

    Super Rich Kids Jaden and Willow Smith Are Super Emo Kids on Moody Collab 'Kite'

    About a year ago, after seeing an unexpected shot of Will Smith's tiny female progeny hanging out with Odd Future's controversial leader, we wondered if Tyler, the Creator was corrupting Willow Smith. Now it seems the source might be closer to home. Last week, the 12-year-old girl sang wistful dejection all over a sample of Radiohead's "Codex," and now she appears on a new PBR&B bum-out by her big brother Jaden, 14.Their song is called "Kite" and like "Sugar and Spice" before it, the track contains some heavy vibes. Jaden, who has recorded a Kid Cudi cover or two in his (short) time, does a decent Drake impression as he raps about having "no friends," "feeling pain," and the "motion" of someone's "ocean" that's got him "rollercoastin'." The star of the show, however, is Willow, who offers some spacey rhymes ("Lil' mama got bars") and Internet-style psychedelic sing-song.

  • Captain Murphy Flying Lotus Interview Odd Future Cartoon

    Inside Captain Murphy's Cartoon Mind: 10 Revelations From Flying Lotus

    Since he first appeared on an Adult Swim single with Odd Future prodigy Earl Sweatshirt, the mysterious cartoon rapper known as Captain Murphy has been making waves. His Duality mixtape/short film was a psychotropic delight of alluring visuals and disturbing rhymes, and he followed it up with a live show in which the usually animated character was revealed to be Los Angeles beat auteur Flying Lotus, a.k.a. Steven Ellison.

  • santigold, girls, hbo, show, video, weird days

    Santigold Gets Girls to Sing 'Girls' in Video for HBO 'Girls' Show Exclusive

    As previously noted, Santigold reps hard for girls in her new song for the Girls show, "Girls." The just-out music video for the song adds one more lady layer to that equation by filming girls of all shapes, sizes, styles, and means singing along to the celebratory lyrics. The titular stars seem to be culled from all over New York City, shot on the street, in their offices, and even at an ice rink, where Santigold can be seen chanting along with the masses. She also appears in a bedroom flanked by a pair of youngins going ham for the benefit of a computer cam.

  • Broken Social Scene Reunion Arts & Crafts Festival Toronto Feist Bloc Party

    Broken Social Scene, Too, Reunite for Toronto Field Trip Arts & Music Festival

    How definite is the indefinite? Not very. Despite having declared a permanent hiatus following their November 8, 2011 show in Rio de Janeiro, the Canuck musical Justice League that is Broken Social Scene is reuniting for a summer fest celebrating the tenth anniversary of their record label, Arts & Crafts. The Field Trip Music & Arts Festival will take place on Saturday, June 8 at Fort York and Garrison Common in Toronto, and will also feature performances from Feist, Bloc Party, Ra Ra Riot, Cold Specks, Jason Collett, Timber Timbre, Zeus, and others culled from the Canadian imprint's indie-illustrious past."Field Trip was built around the themes of discovery and community," said Jeffrey Remedios, who co-founded A&C with BSS main men Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning.

  • Matmos ESP Buzzcocks Cover Live Video

    Watch Matmos Rip Into and Reimagine Buzzcocks' 'ESP'

    Buzzcocks might not be a Matmos fan's first, or even tenth, guess as to who the iconoclastic electronic duo count as influences, but there is something decidedly punk about M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel's often noisy, very DIY approach to their craft. And anyone who's seen the group perform in person can attest that the two men at the heart of this project, who are also a couple, have something of a creative mind-meld.So perhaps then it makes perfect sense that they executed an eight-minute cover of "ESP" by the aforementioned British punk giants at the Thrill Jockey Records 20th anniversary show last year in Baltimore.

  • Justin Timberlake New Single Timbaland the 20/20 Experience

    Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z Debut Dreamy 'Suit & Tie'

    This just in (get it?): Justin Timberlake has not only released a new Timbaland-produced single, "Suit & Tie" featuring Jay-Z, but announced his forthcoming album, The 20/20 Experience, due later this year on RCA Records. On Thursday, Justin Timberlake kinda-sorta surprised the world by sorta-kinda announcing that his nearly seven-year hiatus from releasing music was coming to an end.

  • Mark McGrath Captains Cruise Festival Starring Smash Mouth, Spin Doctors, More

    Shipwreck: Mark McGrath Captains Cruise Starring Smash Mouth, Spin Doctors, More

    In yesterday's post about a very ambitious Kickstarter user, the '90s-nostalgizing Daniel Nadolny surmised, "I'm not sure what happened to [the Spin Doctors], really. I would imagine they had a couple of records and some minor festival success." Well, it turns out those boho-hipster funk-pop progenitors are not only still around, but they're indeed set to play a festival ... on a boat. Both shockingly and strangely not, Sugar Ray frontman and television personality Mark McGrath is captaining his very own cruise ship concert, the creatively named Mark McGrath & Friends Cruise.If you thought taking wine-tasting lessons from James Murphy on an ocean liner was odd, well, strap on your life vest! The S.S.

  • Bad Religion Dept. Of False Hope True North

    Bad Religion Direct Digital Boy's Lame Dad to the 'Dept. Of False Hope'

    Long before Frank Ocean changed the game with a song called "Bad Religion," there was (and is) Bad Religion, the original "oozin' aahs-in'" melodic punk band who gave us the strongly prophetic "21st Century (Digital Boy)" all the way back in 1990. The 34-year-old Los Angeles band has taken to dropping a new album ever three years for the past decade — a little unpunk of them, but these guys have earned the right to slow their roll ever so slightly, especially considering guitarist Brett Gurewitz owns and runs the Epitaph Records label group.Bad Religion's latest is True North, due out January 22, and so far it's yielded a couple of strong showings: the titular ripper and a satisfying little kiss-off called "Fuck You" (both are streamable below). Now the punkers' hometown hub for rock on the radio, KROQ, has debuted a third song called "Dept.

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